University of Edinburgh

MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Whether you’re wanting to pursue a career in criminal justice or criminology, or already working in these fields and wanting to extend and deepen your knowledge, our masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice is one of the best postgraduate qualifications of its kind.
You’ll benefit from the expertise and diverse research interests of our teaching team, all of whom are active and engaged researchers.
Our courses are designed to help you develop a critical understanding of criminological theories and literature concerned with crime, criminal justice and crime control. We encourage an international, comparative approach to all these studies, reflecting the global nature of many contemporary challenges in criminal justice and crime control. A key strength of the MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice degree at Edinburgh is the welcome diversity of our students, providing numerous opportunities to engage in critical discussion and debate on issues in crime and criminal justice, which are increasingly transnational in orientation. 
Not only will this masters criminology degree provide you with a comprehensive training in criminology, criminal justice and research methods but you will also have the chance to undertake a small research project in collaboration with local practitioners working in areas including the police, prisoner through-care agencies, or restorative justice services. The research you carry out will be fed back to the organisation you work with, giving you the chance to make a difference, gain valuable experience and perhaps even lay the foundations for future research or employment.
You will study a total of 180 credits, which consists of a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits and 120 credits of taught courses that may include the following topics: Criminological Research Methods; Theoretical Criminology; Criminal Justice and Penal Process; Global Crime and Insecurity; Cybercrime; Mental Health and Crime; Police and Policing; Responding to Global Crime and Insecurity; Surveillance and Security.


The University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Law School is an Internationally recognised Higher Education institution accredited to provide advanced education. It should be noted that a postgraduate masters degree in Law from the University of Edinburgh does not qualify for entry into the Scottish (or other country's) Legal Practice. Advice from your local Bar Association or Law Society should be sought if you wish to pursue legal practice in your country of domicile.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

Out State Tuition (per year): The tuition fee for International students on this programme for 2017 entry is £19,300 USD

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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